When the Concordia Stingers men’s basketball team hosts the Bishop’s Gaiters on Thursday night, the outcome will have a big impact on the RSEQ playoffs.
If the Gaiters, who boast a 10-5 win-loss record, dominate the contest, they will lock up one of the top two spots in conference play and a home playoff game.
If the Stingers (8-6) are victorious, they will have the opportunity to move into one of the top two places, depending on the outcome of the games on the last day of the regular season this Saturday.
One thing is for sure – if Concordia loses to Bishop’s, the team will finish in third place and travel for a semifinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The Stingers have won two of the three matchups between the teams this season. They beat Bishop’s 77-76 on Nov. 17 and 82-68 on Jan. 19. The Gaiters won the last contest 84-71 on Feb. 10.
Players to watch for the Stingers include Evens Laroche and Kafil Eyitayo, both of whom are playing the last regular season home game of their careers. Laroche had 22 points the last time the teams met. Eyitayo had one of his biggest games of the season with 10 rebounds and three blocks in the 82-68 victory on Jan. 19.
The doubleheader begins with the women’s game at 6 p.m. The men will tip off at 8 p.m.
The Stingers wrap up the regular season with a double bill on the road versus the Laval Rouge et Or on Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. with the women’s game.